Little Rock Air Force Base

Military base opens university center for airmen and civilians

The Little Rock Air Force Base and the City of Jacksonville, Arkansas constructed a joint-university center for both airmen and civilians, providing 30 classrooms for 800 college-level students. Garver and Cromwell Architects teamed to design the 46,000-square-foot center, which consists of two pre-engineered metal building wings connected by a central lobby. The building serves as a satellite campus for six colleges and universities by providing computer labs, distance learning broadcasts, and classrooms for specialized and general studies. The center was designed with energy-saving and environmental considerations, including louvered sun shades to protect the classrooms, and the combination of multi-technology occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors control interior lighting.

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We designed the project with several options that could be removed from the project if construction bids remained high. However, when the bids were opened, the project came in about $2 million under available funding. This allowed all the options to be awarded with funds left over for upgrades.
John Watkins Garver Director of Facilities Design

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